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PMO to clear draft minutes of NCR planning board meeting

punjab Updated: May 09, 2014 15:58 IST
Hitender Rao

In a setback of sorts to the Haryana government, the National Capital Regional Planning Board (NCRPB) has sent the draft minutes of the special meeting held on April 25, for considering the sub-regional plan (SRP) 2012 for Haryana districts falling within the NCR, to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) for clearance.

“The minutes will be issued after a go ahead by the PMO,” top officials of the ministry of urban development (MoUD) told HT on Thursday.

The Haryana government had to submit a compliance report before the Punjab and Haryana high court by May 9 on the status of its sub-regional plan vis-a-vis the NCRPB’s observations. The high court had earlier restrained the state government from issuing any colonisation licences and change of land use permissions till the time the sub-regional plan is approved by the NCRPB.

However, the PMO’s intervention, it seems, will prolong the process to get the court stay vacated at the earliest, a must for facilitating the issuance of change of land use (CLU) A sub-regional plan is a written statement accompanied by maps, diagrams, illustrations and descriptive matters for the purpose of explaining or illustrating the proposals contained plan.

The sub-regional plan indicates reservation of areas for specific land-uses, which are of the regional or sub-regional importance, future urban and major rural settlements indicating per missions and colonisation licences.

Unless the minutes of the April 25 meeting are conveyed promptly, the state government will find it difficult to consider and incorporate the observations of the ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) in the SRP before its final publication.

In the event of a likely change of guard at the Centre after May 16, the entire matter could be re-visited by the new government. The special meeting of the NCRPB was convened on April 25 after getting clearance from the Election Commission.

Meanwhile, the PMO while their area, projected population, predominant economic functions, approximate site and location, road network to the district roads and roads connecting major rural settlements, proposals for the coordination of traffic and transportation, priority areas at subregional level for which immediate plans are necessary, proposals for the supply of drinking water and for drainage, etc. intervening in the matter first on April 7 and then on April 23 had communicated to the MoUD that since a number of serious issues has been raised by the ministry of environment and forests (MoEF), no final decision on the proposed Regional Plan 2021 and SRP 2021 for Haryana should be taken until the issues raised by the MoEF are fully resolved and acompliance report is sent to the PMO.

The secretary, MoEF, in a communication to the NCRPB after the April 25 special meeting said the Regional Plan 2021 and sub-regional plan 2021 for Haryana should not be finalised until mapping and delineation of forests and protected areas – national parks and wild life sanctuaries notified under the Wild Life (Protection) Act and eco-sensitive zone of protected areas is completed and land use compatible with these statutory provisions governing the management of these areas is stipulated in these two plans.

The secretary, ministry of housing and urban pover ty alleviation ( MoHUPA), too wrote to his MoUD counterpart requesting to ensure that statutory provisions of the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980, the rules framed there under and various judgments of the Supreme Court should be kept in mind before permitting any diversion of what is classified as forest land under the Act.

The NCRPB, in its draft minutes sent to the PMO, wrote: “It is reiterated that the concerns of MoEF and MoHUPA have been taken care of while reverting to the original for mulation in the Regional Plan 2021, wherein it has been stated that regional recreational activities will be undertaken with no construction exceeding 0.5% of the area with the permission of competent authority.”